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I put my foot in my mouth with a poor child (lighthearted)

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Booboostwo Fri 01-Apr-16 14:54:02

I was at an English speaking Easter egg hunt (I live in France, the party was specifically set up to encourage kids to speak English - this is relevant). I was introduced to three kids from the same family and since I was meeting them for the first time I said "Hello, my name is Booboos, what is your name?" The first two children told me their names all fine, the third one told me a number. In the context I assumed she had misunderstood the question so I said "No, not how old you are but what is your name?", but she repeated the number. I kept going and switched to French to help him out at which point his mum intervened and clarified that the child had understood me the first time and the number was his name.

I don't know if I should tell you the number as it might make the child more identifiable but there is nothing about this number that in any way resembles a name or is used as a name in a different culture. I didn't have the guts to ask why he had been called after a number.

Judgey? Moi? Well yes but only in a lighthearted sort of way.

ImperialBlether Fri 01-Apr-16 14:55:43

I want to guess - is he Seven?

Booboostwo Fri 01-Apr-16 14:56:27

No. Seven is not too bad if I had to pick a number for a name.

EatShitDerek Fri 01-Apr-16 14:57:06

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Valeriesquiteposh Fri 01-Apr-16 14:58:10

It can't be the first time that's happened to them

leelu66 Fri 01-Apr-16 14:58:35

Argh, you have to tell us the number now!

Was it Dix?

LunaLunaLovegood Fri 01-Apr-16 14:58:52

Blimey poor kid. How would you have a number for your name?!

And did he translate it.. So the first child said 'Hello my name is Daveeeeed' and the next one said 'Hello my name is Marie' and then he said 'Hello my name is Quatorze'? Or 'Hello my name is Fourteen?'

Floggingmolly Fri 01-Apr-16 14:59:06

Mane she has 25 children and ran out of names...

LunaLunaLovegood Fri 01-Apr-16 14:59:29

His parents are what I'd call Dix ;)

TattyDevine Fri 01-Apr-16 14:59:45


gamerchick Fri 01-Apr-16 14:59:58

Four? I've heard that used for a name before.

veryproudvolleyballmum Fri 01-Apr-16 15:01:17

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LunaLunaLovegood Fri 01-Apr-16 15:01:29

Imagine if he was the first born child of Spanish Senor & Senora King.

ChristmasZombie Fri 01-Apr-16 15:01:30

Wasn't Blossom's best friend called Six?

Wherediditland Fri 01-Apr-16 15:02:17

I know a Fiver

Twinklestar2 Fri 01-Apr-16 15:02:36


KatsutheClockworkOctopus Fri 01-Apr-16 15:02:41

ChristmasZombie that was my first thought too!

LurkingHusband Fri 01-Apr-16 15:02:53

Four? I've heard that used for a name before.

Quatre ?

Booboostwo Fri 01-Apr-16 15:07:49

English number. The mum spoke English very well so I doubt it was a translation mistake. The other two kids had standard French names.

I suspect the child gets this a lot. I apologised profusely to her and said how silly I had been to not understand her first time.

OneMagnumisneverenough Fri 01-Apr-16 15:08:19

Twinkle just won the thread I think grin

Patapouf Fri 01-Apr-16 15:08:42

82? How bloody strange. Courts have the power to block name choices, I'm surprised it slipped though the net TBH

Jessesbitch Fri 01-Apr-16 15:12:21

And the number??

Booboostwo Fri 01-Apr-16 15:13:19

According to google 3 people in the US have that name.

KatharinaRosalie Fri 01-Apr-16 15:13:26

Four? Parents fans of the Divergent series?

EatShitDerek Fri 01-Apr-16 15:13:51

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